June 17, 2024


General Evolution

Curios by Byron Thrift Store Brings Flair to Tamiami Path


Have you observed the marquee that reads “Curios by Byron” towering earlier mentioned statues and classic furnishings on North Tamiami Trail across from Ringling School of Artwork and Design?

Very good point, because it’s about the only way you will discover out about this thrift shop. Owner Byron Schenk, 81, is not fascinated in an on the web existence and is pushed a lot more by a desire to be surrounded by “stuff he likes” than to make money, he suggests.

That things involves a mish-mash of midcentury household furniture, Artwork Deco statues, classic lamps, art and a tiny cast-iron pig with wings that he priced high simply because he’s so fond of it.

When consumers question if he can appear down from the pig’s $85 price tag tag, he responds, “When pigs fly.”


Schenk’s Curios applied to be located at 821 Apricot Ave. the new area, wherever Carr’s Corner Cafe applied to be, was slated to open in March but got derailed by the pandemic. Schenk, who’s been in the company of accumulating and providing for about five years, opened his doorways a couple of months back and likes that the shop keeps him busy.

“I really do not want to twiddle my thumbs at household,” he suggests.

Sculptor Rafael (not so spelled on the marquee) Sanchez adds his personal flair to the Curios collection with everyday living-sized statues made of what seem to be outdated automobile and appliance components. As an ode to the pandemic, just one of the statues wields a vaccine in a single hand, and a 3-D model of the virus in the other. Location the statue outside the store as its red cape snaps in the wind, and if you have time, stop by Schenk inside.

“I really don’t have nearly anything you want, but I possibly have something you want,” he suggests.

Curios by Byron is positioned at 3025 N. Tamiami Path and is open up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. For more data, get in touch with (941) 544-2058